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April 9, 2022

Family Activity Day – The Face Of Engineering Festival

A day of free, fun and informal science and engineering activities, for all ages. Drop in and meet...

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A day of free, fun and informal science and engineering activities, for all ages.

Drop in and meet real, diverse engineers; get hands-on with some exciting pieces of equipment; discover how your own skills could make you a brilliant engineer! All ages welcome.

Activities for the day include:

Virtual Reality challenges, Skills Test Boards, colouring activities and much more!

Date and Time

Saturday 9th April, drop-in between 10:00am and 4:00pm

Booking information

Each person attending in person must have their own ticket.

Tickets are free, but if you would like to make a small donation to support the charitable work of The Common Room, it would be hugely appreciated.

Location: The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Additional information

Our building is fully accessible – if you have any queries about accessibility, please contact lucy.stockdale@thecommonroom.org.uk

The Common Room is taking a number of precautions to mitigate the risk to the public regarding COVID-19. Attendees will be encouraged to wear a face covering (unless they have a medical exemption) where possible. We would appreciate it if attendees could complete a lateral flow test prior to attending, and we kindly ask you do not attend if you have had a positive test result for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. For further information on our COVID-19 protocol please email lucy.stockdale@thecommonroom.org.uk

About The Face of Engineering Festival

The Face of Engineering Festival will challenge stereotypes of who an engineer is, celebrate and drive greater representation in the engineering workforce for women, people of colour and LGBTQ+ people, and bring together young people and families to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers.

We invite everyone from industry professionals to families to join us for The Face of Engineering Festival this April, as we host a range of events, led by a range of inspiring women and engineers of colour.

Did you know that a 2020 ‘EngineeringUK’ survey showed that only 14.5% of those working in engineering are female? Here at The Common Room, we are incredibly passionate about supporting a future in engineering and wider STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), that better reflects our society and its diversity.

The Face of Engineering Festival follows on from our podcast series of the same name, hosted by BBC Radio Presenter, Ngunan Adamu. The podcast series celebrated a group of thirteen inspirational female engineers, working across a number of engineering disciplines. Each episode shines a light on the women’s experiences of engineering and innovation – showcasing and championing the important role women play in engineering and STEM careers. You can listen to the podcast here or across streaming platforms, including Spotify.

#TheFaceOfEngineering Festival has been made possible thanks to National Lottery Players (National Lottery Heritage Fund), plus our supporters The Reece Foundation, NA College, The Platten Family Fund (via Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland), Stadler, Nexus, Turner & Townsend, Crowne Plaza Newcastle – Stephenson Quarter, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and Women in Transport.

About The Common Room

The Common Room is a charity formed in 2017 to restore the Grade II* listed building formerly known to many as The Mining Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne, and its significant archive and collections documenting centuries of engineering, mining and wider scientific innovation.

Thanks to National Lottery players, an £8.9m grant has enabled us to spend over £7 million restoring the building, and around £2m to support our running costs, preserve our collections, and to drive our mission: to use our unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers.



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Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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